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the national guard is such a big part of the department of defense that they automatically have to adhere to the laws of the d.o.d. but they don't. they are a state entity. >> i think it's important that the legislature be involved with this and we know how many of these cases are happening. >> reporter: lawmakers in iowa are addressing the issues. in january an iowa state senator introduced a bill to require the commanders to report sexual assaults outside the chain of command to civilian authorities. >> we want to have better reporting to law enforcement but also for the legislature to understand how many of these incidents are happening. >> reporter: the women of the military rape crisis center say they hope other states pick up similar legislation. >> the whole system has to change. the whole entire national guard. i would like to see, you know, california and other states following iowa's steps. >> the current sexual assault reporting system has failed many very successful career women and there needs to be change. >> reporter: she is currently a member of a rescue wing at moffett fi
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